- Oral Exam
- Tooth Equilibration (float)
- Dental Radiography
- Soft Tissue Disease Management
- Incisor, Pre-molar, Molar Extraction
Equine dentistry is more than a “float”. An oral health exam begins with a thorough history involving the horse’s diet, performance and overall physical health. An exam then progresses to an external exam of the head and assessment of body condition. The proper sedation protocol is then selected based on the unique characteristics of the individual, the mouth is rinsed with water and a speculum is placed. Next is thorough palpation and visualization— with the assistance of a dental mirror— of the teeth and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Based on specific abnormalities and concerns, dental equilibration (floating) is performed using carefully, controlled power tools. Further diagnostics, such as radiographs, endoscopy, biopsy of soft tissues, may be used to address abnormalities. At the end of the exam, our veterinarians will discuss any further treatments or follow-up management, such a diet changes, which will aid in prolonging the oral and overall health of the horse.
The veterinarians at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center are in full support of the NJVMA position statement regarding equine dentistry.